Volunteer Abroad - Kenya, Volunteer Abroad Programs

Day One as a Volunteer in Kenya

by Kalie McQuillen, Greenheart Travel Volunteer Abroad Participant in Kenya

Jambo!

I started my Kenyan volunteer project at Tania today. I was volunteering with deaf children and I must say they have big personalities. They were so great to work with and so sweet. Tomorrow I am working with special needs kids; after that I will be doing creative arts and P.E for various upper levels (grades 4 to 8). That will be an adventure given that I have to make all of the plans.

Tania is a reasonably nice campus that holds about 130 children. There are three other female volunteers and one male. Everyone is friendly, but it is extremely hard to be here alone.

photo courtesy of SGforums

Africa is a very beautiful country, and the landscape in Kenya really isn’t too far off from Colorado, very green and lots of trees, but instead of deer they have camels on the side of the road. One big problem here is littering, and it is a HUGE problem. In some places it is totally covered in trash. If you know me well you know this is a huge pet peeve of mine.

I went to the Daystar University graduation which was similar to one in the states but a lot of singing. One of the speakers said a quote from a teacher at Colorado State University!! I thought that was so funny.

The days at Tania go by fast, but the nights drag on and on and on. There isn’t much to do here and it gets dark at about 7:00 p.m.  so I cant go to town or anything.  Plus it is COLD here. Because Tania is close to the mountains it is much colder than Nairobi.

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CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

Discussion

One thought on “Day One as a Volunteer in Kenya

  1. We didn’t visit to Kenya, before. However after reading this article, we are thinking that visit there soon. So, if you know about any worthwhile accommodations and restaurants in Kenya, please share with us.

    Best Regards,

    Posted by Shenandoah bed and breakfast | July 12, 2010, 4:14 am

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